Pediatric Physical Therapy

Pediatric physical therapy helps children reach their full potential and makes them functionally independent, promoting lifelong, active, and meaningful participation at home, in school, and in their community. Physical therapists use their expertise to facilitate gross motor development and function. Our clients are generally referred to physical therapy when the family or the doctor notices that they are exhibiting delays in reaching milestones. This may be due to a medical condition or deficits in age-appropriate gross motor skills (e.g., walking, running, jumping, and ability to use stairs) or loss of skill following an injury that affects his or her function. As physical therapists, we incorporate many skilled intervention approaches and therapeutic activities to improve soft tissue mobilization and maximize their mobility. These approaches work to increase the level of functional positioning, strength, range of motion, balance, coordination, and gait.

 

Pediatric Conditions that we treat

  • Gross Motor Developmental Delay
  • Hypo/ Hyper Tonicity
  • Postural Abnormalities
  • Balance Dysfunction
  • Balance and Coordination Problems
  • Torticollis and Plagiocephaly.
  • Difficulty Walking
  • Pain due to Musculoskeletal conditions.
  • Down Syndrome
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Splinting Needs

Pediatric Evaluation and Treatment

Services are Provided Through

  • Strengthening and endurance
  • Gross motor development
  • Muscle tone
  • Movement and mobility
  • Posture and body alignment
  • Balance and coordination
  • Torticollis and Plagiocephaly
  • Pre-gait and gait training
  • Locomotion patterns (walking, running, etc.)
  • Neuromuscular function
  • Musculoskeletal conditions
  • Splinting/bracing/orthotics
  • Down Syndrome
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Developmental Delay

Mahalaxmi Kasula

Pediatric Physical Therapist, LSVT Big Certified

Mahalaxmi Kasula has 7+ years of clinical experience and is certified in treating patients with Parkinson's disease using the LSVT BIG approach. Mahi is experienced in providing services to patients in-home care and outpatient settings.  Mahi is passionate about improving the lives of children with her expertise in pediatric rehabilitation.

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Neurologic Physical Therapy

Neurologic physical therapists specialize in treating individuals who are facing difficulty with functional movements. This may include movements such as walking, getting on and off various surfaces, climbing stairs, accessing public transport, etc. Individuals may also experience problems with balance, leading to falls. Physical therapists help individuals reduce the risk of falling by improving their balance. 

Physical Therapists at ASARA are highly skilled in treating patients with neurological injuries through an evidence-based treatment approach.

Asha has 15+ years of clinical experience in treating patients with neurological injuries and  is one amongst the 3041 American Physical Therapy Board Certified Neurological Clinical Specialists. Asha is widely experienced in providing therapy services to patients in acute rehabilitation, inpatient and outpatient settings. 

Neurological problems result from injuries or diseases affecting the brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nerves.

Neurological Conditions that we treat

  • Stroke/ Cerebro Vascular Accident
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Balance Disorders
  • Concussion
  • Brain Injury
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Transverse Myelitis
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Motor Neuron Disease
  • Demyelinating Disorders of the Nervous System (CIDP, AIDP)
  • Muscular Dystrophies
  • Peripheral Neuropathies
  • Charcot Marie Tooth Disease
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Post- op Neurosurgical Procedures.

Neurological Evaluation and Treatment

Services are Provided Through -

  • Muscle Tone Measurements, Tone inhibition approaches
  • Range of Motion Measurements, Stretching
  • Strength and Quality of Movement Measurement, Strength Training
  • Balance Evaluation and Training
  • Subjective Outcome Measures
  • Diagnosis Specific Objective Outcome Measures of Balance, Function, Strength etc.,
  • Postural Evaluation and Correction
  • Kinesiotaping
  • Functional movement analysis
  • Gait Evaluation and Training
  • Pre Gait Training
  • Bracing Recommendations & Modifications
  • Identifying Environmental Barriers
  • Home and Work Environment Evaluation and Modifications
  • Caregiver and Family Training
  • Tailored Home Exercise Prescription
  • Telehealth Services.

 

Cutting Edge Technology Used

Therapists at ASARA use cutting edge technology and equipment to complement their skilled treatment approaches. Equipment offered at ASARA include-

  • Scifit ADA Compliant recumbent Bike,
  • Advanced Commercial Treadmill with safety features
  • Custom Gait Training Railings with visual feedback,
  • Infrared Video Frenzel Goggles for Balance and Vestibular Screening
  • Digital Exercise Programs for tailored exercise prescription.

Asha J Gummadi, PT, MS, NCS

Board Certified Neurological Clinical Specialist

Asha Gummadi has 15+ years of clinical experience in treating patients with neurological injuries and numbers among the 3041 American Physical Therapy Board Certified Neurological Clinical Specialists.

Asha is highly skilled at utilizing NEURO-IFRAH approach to treat patients with hemiplegia from a stroke or brain injury.

Asha also specializes in vestibular rehabilitation, is a mentor, trainer, and educator, and is often invited to speak at both national and international conferences and workshops

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Vestibular Therapy

Vestibular rehabilitation specialists help address both primary and secondary problems caused by vestibular disorders. The vestibular organ is an important equilibrium or balance organ present in the inner ear of every individual.

Physical therapists trained in vestibular rehabilitation treatment use exercise-based programs to reduce vertigo, dizziness, gaze instability (blurriness),  imbalance, and falls.

Individuals can also suffer vertigo due to crystals in the inner ear falling out of place. This causes the individual to experience the sensation of room spinning when they change their head position, like when rolling over in bed or moving and changing positions. This is called BPPV (Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo.)

Therapists at Asara Physical Therapy and Balance Clinic use infrared video goggles to evaluate the accurate position of crystals to treat patients effectively.

 

 

Vestibular Conditions that we Treat

  • Age related Dizziness and Imbalance
  • Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease
  • Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo
  • Bilateral Vestibular Hypofunction
  • CANVAS Syndrome
  • Cervicogenic Dizziness
  • Concussion or Head injury
  • General Vestibulopathy
  • Labyrinthitis and Vestibular Neuritis
  • Mal de Débarquement
  • Vestibular Migraine
  • Ménière’s Disease
  • Neurotoxicity
  • Pediatric Vestibular Disorders
  • Persistent Postural Perceptual Dizziness (PPPD)
  • Unilateral Vestibular Hypofunction

Vestibular Evaluation and Treatment

Services are Provided Through

Physical Therapists at Asara Physical Therapy & Balance Clinic provide comprehensive evaluation and treatment using-

Evaluation
  • Evaluating eye movements
    (Oculomotor and Gaze stability Testing)
  • Positional Testing (Video Frenzel Glasses)
    Evaluating or Identifying positions or movements that cause dizziness
  • Vestibular Organization or Balance Evaluation.

 

Treatment
  • Gaze Stabilization exercises (Exercises that help decrease blurriness or eye jumping)
  • CRT Maneuver (Canalith Repositioning Maneuvers)
  • Habituation Exercises (Exercises that help desensitize clients to positions that cause dizziness.
  • Balance Training

Asha J Gummadi, PT, MS, NCS

Vestibular Rehabilitation Competent

Asha Gummadi has 15+ years of clinical experience in treating patients with neurological injuries and numbers among the 3041 American Physical Therapy Board Certified Neurological Clinical Specialists. Asha is widely experienced in providing therapy services to patients in acute rehabilitation, inpatient, and outpatient settings.

Asha is trained in vestibular rehabilitation a competency based training program through Emory University. Asha is widely experienced in providing therapy services to patients in acute rehabilitation, inpatient, and outpatient settings. She has gained extensive experience in treating patients post concussion, vestibular dysfunction in her past 10 years as an out patient physical therapist.

Asha is a mentor, trainer, and educator, and is often invited to speak at both national and international conferences and workshops

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